Syrian families in Waterloo Region to receive Ramadan gift baskets

CBC News - A Toronto charity hopes to make Syrian refugees in Waterloo Region feel at home as they celebrate their first Ramadan in a new country.

Julie Mahfouz heads up The Clothing Drive, which has spearheaded a project to give Syrian families food hampers to celebrate the end of Ramadan on July 6.

"We wanted to give them something that would remind them of Ramadan in their homes, because this is the first Ramadan that they would be spending without their families," Mahfouz said.

Food and gifts

The hampers will contain foods familiar to the families, including lentils, bulgur and sweets called maamoul, and gifts for children.

Her group has already delivered hampers in Toronto, Hamilton and Burlington.

"With Kitchener, there isn't as large a support network as there is in, let's say, Toronto or Mississauga, when it comes to the Syrian families," she said.

Local volunteers will pack the baskets at the Great Hall at Conrad Grebel University College, and then deliver them on Saturday.